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Trial of the Clone: An Interactive Adventure! Paperback – October 9, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
So, when I saw the Kickstarter project for this book, I peed a little. I was pretty damn excited.
Alas, once I'd gotten it and started reading through it, I was extraordinarily disappointed. The humor wasn't of the same quality as SMBC -- it was crude and focused on sex and potty humor. It wasn't the clever, intelligent humor I'd come to expect from Weinersmith. What's more, the protagonist is a complete idiot (purposefully so), and it's no fun at all taking on the role of an idiot.
Then there's the randomness of it all. Everything is entirely luck-based, which isn't really 100% in the spirit of books like this. Sure, there should be some luck involved to keep you on your toes and surprise you, but in this book it felt like it didn't actually matter which decisions you made, because you're as likely to die making one decision as the other. Also, the book was severely unbalanced. I played through multiple times and never once could potentially lose a battle of wits in the game (no matter which class I chose).
I really, really wanted to like this book, but I cannot in good faith recommend it to anyone. I'll readily recommend Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and the Lone Wolf Books (which are hard to come by, now), but not this.
Some good stuff: It's clear from the way the book is set up that the mechanics took a lot of time to figure out, and props to Mr. Weinersmith, they're not bad. There are four stats to keep check of: HP, charisma, fighting, and wits. You do get a degree of customization (you can choose whether to be a fighter, engineer, or medic, although your education on all three paths seems to be rather dismal) that affects your choices. You can, as advertised, pick up items that may or may not affect your path.Read more ›
Yeah, this book is that type of book. But it's that book, raised to the tenth power, with a knowing wink. This book has /mechanics/. It has items for you to collect and stats for you to improve. You can /win/ this book. How many books have that?!
Seriously. You want this book. And look at that price! You can't beat that price. Go ahead, throw it in with your order of baseball bats and sofa cushions and whatever else you came on here to buy. You won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really fun read. For those who are worried about dick jokes: Yes they abound. It reads like it was written by a teenage boy, and it's really funny. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ross Jacobs
I like the book, but the sex jokes do get a little old. I wouldn't mind them as much if I didn't find myself dying all the time. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Rebecca
I can only say that this is truly a brilliant work by the creator of SMBC, which is usually filled with poop jokes and graph jokes and graph-poop jokes. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Ricardo Javier Martinez
Fun balance of humor, CYOA, light gaming, and plot. Yes, you play a dumb anti-hero, but you need to play your character consistent with its strengths to win the game. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by AJ
I ordered this book on a whim this holiday season, and it's been so much fun. While the book was smaller than I expected, I was even more surprised by how much content there is in... Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by jframed
Ridiculously entertaining, delightfully nerdy, and totally unique. Mixing choose-an-adventure style with a stat-tracking, item-equipping RPG system is nothing short of brilliant,... Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by EmmyandFluffy
Smaller than I thought, but small enough type that it doesn't have to be a great big book. Easy to carry, well written, good fun.Published on November 25, 2012 by Arx
I ended up brute forcing this book. Specifically, I did a pre-order depth-first traversal. I recommend this method over a post-order or in-order traversal, which don't maintain... Read morePublished on November 18, 2012 by jenny